e mind: when you look, you see the content of mind, but you know it is a reflection. You know the reality is there, not the reflection. We take the reflection in the water to be what is there most of the time, and we forget the water. After a while we take our minds to be what is there and we forget the true reality." - A. H. Almaas
Peace of mind is the whole point. The many "think" it sounds nice and they come up with a superficial compromise to maintain intellectual integrity, but the price one pays for that cannot be truly comprehended until one falls into that space. Once one occupies it on a regular basis, one wakes up out of the drunken stupor they occupied intellectually. It is a prison; literally. I spend most of my time in a meditative pose throughout my work day or at home or out in the world biking or walking, or whatever I'm doing, being aware of what is going on mentally, emotionally, physically, noticing the reactions on all those levels has really paid off, because it is a clear road map out of the dysfunctional thinking that does the imprisoning. There were some good books I used in that process. Don Miguel Ruiz has written some awesome books and the other one was by Richard Moss, The Mandala of Being. Moss's book was excellent, though I disagree with his context that Being cannot be known, that when thinking disappears, so does the self, and so does being. My experiences don't support that notion. Other than that it's a solid book. We all find the right people, places, things to wake us up if we are able to see the signs and symbols. This is a very challenging thing to do, to become aware on at a minimal level to realize something is not right, to begin the journey of seeker. Keep up the "peace" of mind work :)
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People "think" everyone is going to have to wake up before any real change occurs. The truth is it isn't going to require the whole country or world. Shifting a paradigm is an energetic endeavor. Think of it as an ignition; an enlightening moment is an opening into awareness of what was once dark. Cultural amnesia is that darkness. When one brings enough presence into their existence, it triggers the beginning of an opening that is energetic in nature. This is why it is said that Nature can cure the collective insanity, because of the immense spiritual energies within it. But to do that, one has to enter Nature, get out of the head, and get into where the wilds still exist. Why do you think old growth forests and nature in general are being destroyed, eliminated or tamed (perverse word). Nature is our existence, our nature, our mirror of what has been lost and buried within.
Bringing awareness through presence is like the pilot light on a gas stove burner that lights the whole burner to achieve a full flame. The same process occurs in each of us if we can get present enough to allow this to occur. It is not something one does. There is no doing, only letting go. I'm sure it sounds ridiculous, but that is the mind seeking to stop one from opening the gate to the light. Presence is not a doing; it is an absence of thinking. Beliefs only exist within the framework of thinking. Thinking is a curse that cripples awareness to such an extent, that one cannot even conceive of what that means.
One can only get to that place, that precipice, that razor edge, where one perceives annihilation in the falling away, that an opening occurs, like a bubble bursting, a nuclear bomb going off, that brings a moment of utter clarity that staggers the mind, because it illuminates the utter insanity of not BEING.
Can one stop the blossoms on an apple tree from blooming as they slowly open one by one until a quickening occurs for full blossoming? The beauty opens and from this opening, the fruit begins to ripen to eventually fall from the tree. All of this is indicative of the awakening beyond the mind. Even the worm in the apple has its place in this play of light/life.
There are many who are completely absorbed into the fantasy that has been woven around their spiritual nature by delusion and desire, a focused thought program, just as one gets enthralled in a movie in the theatre. It seems so real and it is in the head. They like to think they are not thinking, but it is such a trick, that they cannot even see the false constructs. They are living on beliefs they think exist. Nothing real exists in the mind, and it is just like a television set with an infinite number of channels seeking to distract one from awareness of the delusion. One needs to consider they imagination center each is gifted with has been hijacked, and hacked if you will to imprison one’s attention.
The present is a fragile delicate doorway that cannot be entered with thinking. I know, because I have been kicked out on numerous occasions because I tried to put words to what I was experiencing. An experience is an experience and there are no words to convey what it is/was to anyone, because the only way to “understand” is to have the experience. The more one thinks, the further away from the present one gets. This is why education is such a crippling process, because it leaves out the experiential component to understanding, which is why the many can go about trashing people, places, and things because they are not present to experience the byproduct of their fear based creative endeavors.
Fear can only take root in the mind through judgments. The only way to extinguish fear is through love and compassion of one’s self. One cannot love or have compassion for another without having it within themselves first. We all have dimmer switches that have been turned way down low, and as we remember how to turn it up, we will radiate what is hidden within out into the world, and it is this inner lighting, that will nurture the opening in others.